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RE-ENTRY UPDATES 5.20.2021

Dear CBS Family and Friends,

As you have probably heard, the CDC has issued new guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Briefly, the new guidance states that fully-vaccinated individuals can resume normal everyday activities without masks or social distancing.  

During the course of the pandemic, we have closely watched infection counts, positivity rates and hospital utilization.  All of these indicators have shown continuous improvement over the last several months.  

We have also relied on government health authorities for direction, and as a result of the CDC’s announcement, I am pleased to announce some further changes to our COVID-19 protocols.  Effective this week:

  • The wearing of masks is optional at services at CBS
  • Signed waivers are no longer required for CBS activities
  • Seating in the sanctuary is no longer restricted to designated pews, and congregants may sit with whomever they choose

We are also making the following changes to activities during services:

  • The Plexiglas dividers will be removed from the bimah
  • Aliyot and English readings can once again take place on the bimah
  • Our regular Torah procession is being resumed

The primary focus of the work of our Re-Entry Task Force has been protecting our members from infection.  In view of the new CDC guidance, we believe these changes are consistent with that goal.  However, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

Whether or not you have been fully vaccinated, you should  your own choices as to which activities you feel safe participating in.  We will continue to set up seats that are socially distanced. Congregants may feel more comfortable continuing to wear masks even if they were vaccinated. We recommend that congregants that have not yet been vaccinated continue to wear a mask while you are at CBS and sit in the socially distanced area. This is both for your own 

Finally, are not yet comfortable returning to in-person services and other activities, we will continue to offer the same Zoom and Livestream options, and we look forward to seeing you when you are ready.  

Caren Evans, President

 
 
Keeping our congregational community informed and
connected is one of our top priorities. Please check this page frequently to stay current on plans, process, and protocols. 
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
The CBS Re-Entry Task Force is meeting regularly to plan for when and how to re-open CBS, through a phased-in capacity.
Updates from the Task Force are emailed out periodically.
Additional communication plans include robocall messages, video messages and personal phone calls.
The CBS Re-Entry Task Force can be reached by email at: 
ReEntryTaskForce@cbsclearwater.org

 

Guide Book: The Road to Re-Opening

The CBS Re-Entry Task Force has created a multi-section Guide Book on safely resuming activities at CBS. Click each link below to access the various sections of the Guide Book as well as the CBS Attendance Policy and Acknowledgement and Waiver.

 

 



The Re-Entry Task Force is working to identify expenses related to reopening CBS for services, events, learning, and activities. 
 
Your donation to the "Re-Opening Fund" will be used to help defray expenses related to cleaning, signage, protective equipment...

Thank you for your continued support of Congregation Beth Shalom.
 

 

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